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Peak States of Consciousness: Theory and Applications, Volume 1: Breakthrough Techniques for Exceptional Quality of Life Paperback – July 6, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for the Study of Peak States Press (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973468009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973468007
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Spiritual Finder on July 10, 2005
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I've looked at many books on how to transform your life. Most focus on the old paradigm of "work at it until you get it" with regards to transformation.

This book takes a novel approach - we have these peak states and capabilities inherent in us as our birthright and simply need to find ways to access them.

This book is not for those who want to stay comfortable - it will expose you to theories and concepts which stretch your mind and beliefs. If you are willing to go on a exploration of the more exotic parts of life, then try out the work presented in this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MF on December 9, 2006
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I've purchased many books on the mind, spirit, human potential, etc. Finally, here is one that lays out a model and then tries to work from it to logical conclusions. The main author makes no claim to perfection - he strikes me a a guy who is doing the best he can and just wants something that works. Most others I've read were either wedded to their pet theory and would ignore reality if they clashed (most religious type practices) or else they were very general or personal without detailed working guides (such as some of the fascinating writings of Robert Anton Wilson).

My interpretation of this work is that the techiniques aim to heal what their theory says are the traumas that block "optimal functioning" (my words) of the "self". I'll let the book speak for itself, but it is unique (in my experience) and refreshing.

I didn't give it 5 stars only because it seems some of the core meat will be in Volumbe 2. Granted, this Volume 1 does have a number of techniques and does explicity state it is a book on both theory and applications. The techniques are user friendly and I am excited about Volume 2 whenever it will be issued.

If you are serious about wanting to "upgrade" your "self" I strongly and highly recommend this work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eb on May 31, 2007
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this is not the usual cock and bull book. i never rated a book before because they were not worth the effort.

this is the product of a scientific approach and research on peak states of consciousness. It proposes an interesting realistic model for health and quality of life. this book is packed with knowledge derived from experiments and research.

i lived in a peak state myself for a while and now thanks to this book i can see my life from a different perspective. at the time i though mine was a god-given experience and in the same way god did take it from me. NOPE. this book showed how actually i got into, it, how i lost is, and more importantly how i can claim it back, something that i have been trying to do all my life.

you should definitely buy this book if you think you know waht a peak state or peak experience is. i actually recommend this book to anyone, even though i know it amy be difficult for people who do not know what they talk about unless they suspend their disbelief.

basicly,

well worth your bucks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DOC BARHAM on January 12, 2012
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Peak States Of Consciousness volume 1 is an excellent book. Exploration and study of states of consciousness far outside consensus reality is extremely challenging. Mapping interior experience is highly subjective, given to much interpretation, very hard to put into language, difficult to objectively document, often frustrating to replicate, and concerns uncertain and unknown terrain at the edge of human cognition that can be terrifying and even dangerous. Just as often it can lead to breakthroughs and be incredibly rewarding. It is analogous to the pioneering explorations of outer space, only it's inner space.

In the 20th century, Dr. John Lilly, inventor of the floatation tank, was a visionary 'psychonaut' and explorer of peak states. His books are filled with his struggles to make sense, quantify, objectify and document often incomprehensible and seemingly unbelievable experiences during altered states of consciousness.

I have great respect and compassion for those who willing to "go there", knowing they risk themself and their professional reputation, as well. Negative comments about pseudo-science etc. miss the point entirely. Any scientist understands that exterior measurement of internal states are correlates at best, and that traditional empirical scientific research has many limitations in this domain of study. That, however, does not make it "unscientific".

Like the authors of Peak States, I too have explored "Alternity", as Dr Lilly called it. For more than 30 years, I have pushed the envelope of consciousness and been richly rewarded in my own growth and insight. Any serious and intrepid explorer of the inner world will find this book an excellent start. Peak States Of Conscious volume 2 is even better.

Keep up the good work fellas!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mach 777 on January 2, 2005
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This is cutting edge technology for improving your life. There is alot of garbage out there on "peak states", but this is the real thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Schoeninger on December 21, 2009
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Peak States of Consciousness gives a great framework for understanding the wide variety of spiritual states,what they mean, and why they can be hard to retrieve or maintain. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in spiritual practice.
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